Mid American Studio takes pride in providing our students with a group of teachers that are motivational, talented and dedicated. Our instructors come from various backgrounds, and each brings an exciting element to their classes due to their unique personal experiences in the dance field.
Miss Abbie – Director of Dance
Abbie Richardson is a recent graduate of Alma College, graduating top of her class with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. As a member of the Alma College Dance Company, she danced in concert pieces by Rosely Conz, Ben Munisteri, and Kristen Bennett, and performed in two American College Dance Association concerts in 2019. Abbie was a two-year member of the Alma College Competitive Dance Team and won the NDA DIII Team Division Championship title in 2019 along with her teammates. Abbie is currently dancing for Third Coast Dance Company under the direction of Kristen Bennett and Lynn Bowman.
She began her dance career at three years old, and has studied Scottish Highland dance, Cecchetti ballet and pointe, contemporary, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop, Afro-Brazilian, and pom. As a member of the DuHadway Dance Dimensions Elite Competitive Team, she was highly successful in the Michigan dance competition scene for eleven years. Over the years, she received multiple regional and national titles at Starquest Dance and Hall of Fame Dance Challenge. In 2015, Abbie spent a semester traveling Europe while living in Skopje, Macedonia and teaching Pre-Ballet at the Bullfrogs Ballet School.
Abbie has been teaching ballet, jazz, contemporary/lyrical, strength & technique, and rhythm & gymnastics, as well as choreographing competitive dance routines for the past few years. She is also a certified Vinyasa Yoga Instructor and loves taking Hot Yoga classes when she is not in the studio dancing!
Rachel began dancing at the age of 3 at local studios, and continued to passionately engage herself in the field until she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance through Wayne State University in 2008. During her time in school, Rachel studied in all genres of dance, such as modern, ballet, jazz and african, as well as completed coursework in the areas of dance history, anatomy and kinesiology for dancers, movement analysis, dance pedagogy and choreography. Rachel has had the pleasure of dancing with Mack Avenue Dance Company since 2010 and stays involved by performing and presenting at many Detroit-based events. Following her degree, Rachel wanted to share her knowledge and love of movement with others, not just dancers, and has recently completed her Full Certification as a STOTT PILATES Instructor. Rachel has been with Mid American since 2008 and couldn’t be happier to now have two teaching jobs (teaching kids and their parents!) that challenge and inspire her on a daily basis.
Natalie graduated with highest honors from Wayne State University in 2009, majoring in Dance Education. Soon after, she obtained certification as a Michigan K-12 dance educator, and became a trained STOTT Pilates instructor. While at WSU, Natalie not only practiced various dance styles (including modern, ballet, jazz, pointe, and African), but also studied dance history, choreography, anatomy, kinesiology, curriculum design, and educational psychology. Natalie has been teaching dance since 2003, and has worked with Spain School, Farmington High, Harrison High, Novi High, and Cranbrook Middle and High Schools. Natalie loves to challenge students artistically, and works together with them to create choreography unique to their individual talents and personalities. Leaving her students with much more than a recital routine, she values a well-rounded class and shares her knowledge of movement science and dance history as much as possible. Above all, Natalie believes dancing should be challenging, freeing, and FUN!
Brooke is currently working on her degree towards Marketing and Advertising at Wayne State University. She has been doing pom since she was in 7th grade. She has been on two different teams including her high school varsity team in Livonia, Michigan. She continued her love for pom by joining the Mid-American Pompon Staff and Atomic pom Collegiate Team! Brooke loves teaching her students different moves and ways to do pom and the importance of showmanship. In addition to teaching these skills, Brooke wants her students to have fun! For her, Pom is her escape from the world and it’s her all time favorite thing to do. Brooke can’t wait to spread her love for pom to all these young ladies!
Clara is currently working on her degree towards Elementary Education at Eastern Michigan University. She has been doing pom since she was in the 9th grade, and was on her high school Varsity team and the Mid-American All-Star Team for three years. She is currently a member on our Mid-American Pompon Summer Camp Staff as well as the Atomic Pompon Collegiate Team. Clara is excited to begin teaching at Mid-American Studio where she can positively influence the lives of young girls all while spreading her love for pompon!
Allison is a recent graduate from Michigan State University with a degree in Elementary Education. She began pom 10 years ago starting in middle school and continuing on at Stevenson High School. During her time in high school, Allison was on the Mid-American All-Star team for 2 years and was Captain of the team her senior year. In college, Allison continued her love for pom on the Michigan State University Pompon team for 3 years holding both the Assistant Captain and Captain position during her time. Allison was also a member on our Mid-American Pompon Summer Camp Staff for 4 years during this time as well. We’re so excited to have Allison teaching at Mid-American Studio where she can share her love for pompon with all our students!